- a talebearer or informer, especially among children.
- telltale; revealing: a tattletale smear of lipstick on his collar.
Origin of tattletale
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Examples from the Web for tattletale
He wanted a dog to help him hunt, but he did not want a tattletale.The Magic Speech Flower
That First Lieutenant of ours either has eyes in the back of his head or else the Sergeant is a tattletale.Conscript 2989
Course, I didn't need to worry, because Stinky told them all right, just like a tattletale.We Didn't Do Anything Wrong, Hardly
- a scandalmonger or gossip
- another word for telltale (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for tattletale
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